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PAL Leadership Council

Jim Barrett, Michigan Chamber of Commerce

Brad Garmon, Michigan Environmental Council

Conan Smith, Michigan Suburbs Alliance

Amy Spray, Michigan United Conservation Clubs

Heaster Wheeler, Detroit Branch NAACP

Gil White, Gilbert M. White Realtors, Michigan Association of REALTORS®

Wayne Wood and Matt Kapp, Michigan Farm Bureau

PAL Leadership Partners

Bill Rustem, Public Sector Consultants, PAL Co-Director

Prof. Soji Adelaja, Michigan State University Land Policy Institute, PAL Co-Director

Who We Are

People and Land (PAL) is an organization focused on growth and change in Michigan, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Every day, decisions made by local officials and state leaders about how Michigan’s land is used have great impact on both regional quality of life and our state’s economic future. Those decisions are often chaotic and damaging. PAL is focused on Six Pillars for Prosperity, an agenda to reinvent Michigan as a global economic player. With this agenda as a guide, Michigan needs to carefully plan how communities and regions grow so they will develop in ways that create outstanding quality of life and economic prosperity, and strategically position those communities and regions as contributors to the New Economy.